We’re approaching summer in Chicago and all the great things that come with it: rooftop drinking, patio dining, and incredible beers to pair with the gorgeous weather. This weekend Chicagoans were able to enjoy ~80F weather with a lazy breeze, and I was able to enjoy a truly amazing cocktail-themed beer called Piña Colada Marbles from MORE Brewing Company.
Much like the confusion of the Roscoe Village Brew House cat over what exactly “#caturday” is, I was incredibly surprised by how much I liked this beer. Typically, I’m not a huge fan of cocktail-themed beers and find too numerous of qualifiers on a style to be distracting (this beer is a “Milkshake Style IPA with Coconut, Pineapple, and Vanilla”). However, I was floored by how well MORE pulled this one off.
The fruited nature of the beer means the can instructs you to gently roll it prior to opening. After complying and rolling the can across the table, I poured the wonderfully smooth, hazy beer into the only glass I deemed appropriate – our Rainforest Cafe chalice. This beer clocks in at 7%, which means it is no slouch, but coconut and vanilla dull the sharp edge of the pineapple and higher alcohol. While it is quite obviously Piña Colada inspired, I was glad that MORE had seemed to intentionally remind the drinker that this was still a beer – not just some malt liquor with flavoring.
Overall, it was delightful and mellow experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and made sure to drink it while sitting on the back porch and enjoying the beautiful weather as Chicago settles into summer. While there was a bit of sticker shock for this 4-banger, I’d probably do it again on the next really nice weekend. Pick some up for yourself if you can!